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Westword, 20 Feb 2014 - Dear Stoner: I'm watching this dreadlocked skier from Norway right now and wondering if Olympic athletes can smoke pot. Reggie Ross Dear Reggie: The Olympics have a notoriously drug-free stance regarding competition, especially when it comes to performance-enhancing drugs. For years, that also included a pretty hard-line stance on cannabis, and as much as fifteen nanograms in your system the day of a test could disqualify you. That's exactly what happened to the very first Olympic snowboarding gold-medalist, Ross Rebagliati, who had to fight to keep his medal after testing positive after the 1998 Nagano games.
Reno News & Review, 20 Feb 2014 - If you put a rat in a cage with a lever that dispenses a drug like heroin, the rat will keep pressing the lever to get the drug and forget to eat. Everyone knows that, but did you know that if you also put some other rats in with him and a wheel and other things to do, the rat will eat and play instead? The original rat experiment is offered as proof that drug addiction is a disease. The disease theory of addiction holds that addiction is a brain disease that is incurable and can only be survived by total abstinence. The preferred treatment for the so-called brain disease is not medical, but a spiritual 12-step program that requires the addict place himself in the hands of a higher power because he is helpless in his addiction!
Burnaby Newsleader, 19 Feb 2014 - Health Canada may have made some marijuana grow-operations legal, but Burnaby city hall doesn't want them springing up around town and taking them by surprise. Council recently approved changes to the zoning bylaw to require that the latest incarnation of legal grow-ops be restricted to the city's industrial zones and be reviewed through a rezoning process that would trigger a public hearing.
The Miami Student, 14 Feb 2014 - After dozens of election cycles, Ohio has earned its name as a swing state, but now it is ready to test the limits of that title on the issue of legalizing marijuana. To date, medical marijuana has been legalized in 20 U.S. States plus the District of Columbia, and Ohio might be joining this list after the 2014 election, according to an article on Cantonrep.com. However, for this to even be possible, the state must first overcome a number of milestones. In order to have the issue of medicinal marijuana on the 2014 ballot, the organizations vying for legalization, such as the Ohio Rights Group, must obtain approximately 385,000 signatures of registered Ohio voters, according to an article on Morningjournal.com.
Daily Princetonian, 16 Feb 2014 - Recently, The Daily Princetonian reported on the arrest of a University student for the possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and three Ritalin pills. Almost every year, a small number of University students have the misfortune of being caught with a small amount of marijuana. Given the legal status of the drug, these students immediately face strict University punishments as well as possible legal repercussions. However, when underage students are caught illicitly using alcohol, the University often only issues warnings and generally does not compel students to face the criminal justice system. Given this inequity as well as national trends surrounding marijuana, the Editorial Board believes that the University should modify its current policy and lower the level of punishment for marijuana possession to that of alcohol violations. While marijuana is illegal to all and alcohol only to those below the legal age, this fact alone should not merit a higher level of punishment to those who use the former. The ill effects of alcohol are well-established and range from short-term intoxication to long-term addiction and even death. In contrast, marijuana does not carry with it the same risk of dependency or overdose, despite resulting in similar levels of intoxication. However, despite the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol, offenses of possessing the former have a greater negative impact on students.
Boston Herald, 18 Feb 2014 - A Boston police sergeant - who earned a whopping $209,800 in pay last year and was once a drug cop - is listed as the chief safety and transportation officer on an application for a controversial Roxbury medical pot shop that has ties to a convicted drug dealer. It's a planned job both his superiors and Mayor Martin J. Walsh told the Herald they knew nothing about.
Western Herald, 18 Feb 2014 - Students have been found using illegal substances nearly every day since the beginning of the spring semester at Western Michigan University, and among these violations marijuana is the most common, according to campus police. The crime statistics, dating back to Jan. 3, 2014, show that at total of 40 Violations of Controlled Substances Act (VCSA) have been reported on WMU's campus as of Feb. 14.
Tri-County Times, 19 Feb 2014 - The Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) was enacted pursuant to a voter initiative on Nov. 4, 2008 and went into effect on Dec. 4, 2008. Since this law came into being it would be accurate to say that there have been a number of questions and issues raised about it and addressed by Michigan's Appellate Courts.
Weymouth News, 18 Feb 2014 - Decriminalizing marijuana use from a criminal act to a civil infraction in 2008 and the anticipated opening of medical marijuana stores in some communities under a state law approved by Massachusetts voters in 2012 is leading some young people to believe the drug is harmless, according to Weymouth Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Lyn Frano. "Since 2008, the use of marijuana is increasing," Frano said during a drug abuse prevention presentation Feb. 11 to the Weymouth Town-Wide Parent Council that included consultants who work for Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey. "Every medical prescription a doctor writes has been approved by the FDA. (Federal Drug Administration) The FDA has not approved medical marijuana prescriptions and health insurance does not cover it." Frano said the marijuana available today is more potent than what users smoked in previous generations because it has higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) a mind-altering chemical. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states the THC content in marijuana has been increasing since the 1970's.
Daily Review, 16 Feb 2014 - A few weeks ago, I wrote a column in which I supported the medicinal use of marijuana to ease the suffering of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Now, I'm going to take the even more controversial subject of permitting the recreational use of marijuana under certain circumstances. The problem with marijuana is that for many decades it has been lumped with many harder drugs as a mind altering substance.
Globe and Mail, 17 Feb 2014 - Trapped in a war on drugs, we can never defeat the enemy. American prohibition only works for the criminals I recently had the opportunity to meet with Jim Pattison, one of Canada's most powerful and influential business people. While sitting in his office overlooking Burrard Inlet and the mountains of Vancouver, Mr. Pattison asked me a most timely and intriguing question: "President Fox, I have read recently that you are in favour of the legalization of marijuana. Is that true?"
Law Times, 17 Feb 2014 - Veteran Toronto defence lawyer Deryk Gravesande has been found guilty of smuggling 58 grams of marijuana to a prisoner he was visiting in the Toronto (Don) Jail, a verdict that has criminal lawyers raising concerns about custodial searches. Ontario Court Justice Wayne Rabley said he wrestled with the case, looking for a way to conclude the Crown had not proved that Gravesande, 61, handed his former client eight cellophane-wrapped marijuana parcels and some rolled marijuana cigarettes.
The Battalion, 17 Feb 2014 - Kinky Friedman, Democratic primary candidate for Texas Agricultural Commissioner, visited Texas A&M on Monday to discuss his main campaign platform -- the end of marijuana and hemp prohibition in Texas -- with members of Texas Aggie Democrats. At the student organization's meeting last night, Friedman expounded on the positive effects he hoped to bring to Texas through the legalization of marijuana and hemp and explained how he believes his policies would fortify Texas agriculture against drought, end the war on drugs and change cancer medicine.
Pueblo Chieftain, 17 Feb 2014 - Ralph, let's call him Ralph, was standing before the judge. He was a little concerned about his future and ruing the actions of his past. Looking into the annals of his life to this point, he acknowledged that he had not always been a model citizen.
Tulsa World, 17 Feb 2014 - Politicians Are Willing to Look at Alternatives to Prison Sentences. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Despite a recent pro-marijuana rally at the Oklahoma Capitol, there is little appetite in the conservative Oklahoma Legislature to join other states in legalizing cannabis, even for medicinal purposes.
The Times-Tribune, 16 Feb 2014 - ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - One Oregon county that has pledged a moratorium on pot dispensaries is closer to making that ban a reality. The pot shops were made legal statewide by the Legislature last year. Rules have been drawn up, and stores can apply for dispensary licenses beginning March 3.
The Chief, 13 Feb 2014 - Despite Raiser's Plea, Council Holds Its Tongue On Grow-op Enforcement Issue Fellow Squamish councillors this week put the kibosh on a colleague's plan to tell the federal government they didn't plan to spend a cent enforcing new Health Canada medical marijuana regulations when they take effect this spring.
Langley Times, 13 Feb 2014 - Marijuana growing in residential neighbourhoods will no longer be allowed, under new Langley Township regulations given preliminary approval by council on Monday, Feb. 3. The changes to the property safety bylaw would impose a fine of up to $10,000 a day on anyone who currently has a medical marijuana production licence if they continue cultivating pot plants after March 31, when all of the small-scale growing licences issued by the federal government are set to expire.
Metro, 14 Feb 2014 - The supervised injection site at Vancouver's Dr. Peter Centre has been open for 12 years without approval from Health Canada. Vancouver Coastal Health and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation announced Thursday that they have submitted a formal application to Health Canada for an exemption from federal drug laws to, once and for all, clear the legal air about its status.
Deseret News, 15 Feb 2014 - If educated adults do not speak out about the real hazards, lives could be lost. And if Washington continues to stand idly by as the falsehoods persist, it will be increasingly difficult to stop the momentum toward public acceptance. If educated adults do not speak out about the real hazards, lives could be lost. And if Washington continues to stand idly by as the falsehoods persist, it will be increasingly difficult to stop the momentum toward public acceptance. Smoking marijuana alters perceptions, impairs coordination, makes it difficult to think and solve problems and inhibits the brain's ability to learn and remember. It leads to respiratory problems similar to those caused by smoking tobacco, increases the risk of heart attack and can lead to mental illness. And just like tobacco, it is addictive.